Great Migration Live Update – 27 January 2020

By Asilia Africa News | 27 January 2020

Stay ahead of the herds and find out where they are during the year with our weekly Migration Monday updates. We bring you real-time updates to ensure you always have an eye on where to stay if you’re interested in a Great Migration safari.

Update from Molly:

Molly witnessed a mom cheetah teaching her three cubs some hunting kills, with hyenas circling and vultures waiting in-line. The hunting life for a young cheetah begins early and involves much more than developing the incredible sprints – up to 60 miles per hour. Almost as soon as they can walk, cheetah cubs race around, slap and knock each other down, and stalk and nip their siblings.

Once the cubs get a little older between eight months and a year – the mom releases about a third of the prey she catches, and the cubs at least occasionally kill the animals on their own. Rapid progress at this point is important. Two months after their mother becomes pregnant again, when the cubs are between a year and 18 months old, they will be forced to fend for themselves.

Update from Michael Peter Dawkins:

The number of animals on the landscape of the Serengeti was incomparable!

Horizons covered in black from the 1.5 million wildebeest and zebras that travelled over 800 kilometres to this spot in the southern Serengeti to graze on green grasses and birth their young. No photo or video can capture the largest overland migration in the world.

January is one of the absolute best times to see the Migration in herds of thousands. If you were thinking of travelling to the Ngorongoro Conservation Area, consider going towards the end of January. This way, you will avoid peak, peak prices over the festive period and the crowds that come with it. By visiting later in the month, you will also have the best chances of catching the big herds, as by this time the majority will definitely be fully into calving season creating spectacular wildlife viewing opportunities.

Update fromAlex Walker’s Serian:

Safari guide Micheal Thomas captured the great migration roaming in the Kakesio Area, Ngorongoro Conservation Area. Throughout January the Serengeti’s short-grass plains including the northern plains of the Ngorongoro Conservation Area are the place to be.

This is the peak of calving season. The herds move around the area following localised rainfall and are often stretched from an area called Maswa in the west to Gol in the east. It’s a vast area but historically the heart of this area – Kusini and Ndutu – has had good rain and historically focuses the herds. These two areas also host reliably brilliant general games throughout the month, including all the cats.


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